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The Facts About Benghazi – NY Times Editorial

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The New York Times Editorial Board

An exhaustive investigation by The Times goes a long way toward resolving any nagging doubts about what precipitated the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

The report by David Kirkpatrick, The Times’s Cairo bureau chief, and his team turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or another international terrorist group had any role in the assault, as Republicans have insisted without proof for more than a year. The report concluded that the attack was led by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s air power and other support during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and that it was fueled, in large part, by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.

In a rational world, that would settle the dispute over Benghazi, which has further poisoned the poisonous political discourse in Washington and kept Republicans and Democrats from working cooperatively on myriad challenges, including how best to help Libyans stabilize their country and build a democracy. But Republicans long ago abandoned common sense and good judgment in pursuit of conspiracy-mongering and an obsessive effort to discredit President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who may run for president in 2016.

On the Sunday talk shows, Representatives Mike Rogers and Darrell Issa, two Republicans who are some of the administration’s most relentless critics of this issue, dismissed The Times’s investigation and continued to press their own version of reality on Benghazi.

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H/t: DB for emailing me this article

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5 Takeaways From The New York Times Benghazi Investigation

No doubt the Sunday Morning talk shows will be replete with GOP politicians taking a “The NY Times is not a bi-partisan newspaper…”  stance.

Time

Al Qaeda was not involved; “Innocence of Muslims” video motivated the initial assault

An in-depth New York Times investigation published Saturday sheds new light on questions surrounding the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens. Questions surrounding the attack have become a major political flashpoint in Washington, but the report reveals a truth much murkier than either the Obama administration or its critics in the GOP-led Congress has grasped upon.

Here are five major revelations from the report:

  • Al Qaeda was not involved in the assault. It has become an article of faith for some in the GOP that the Benghazi attack was a highly orchestrated terrorist attack led by the same group that carried out the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. “It was very clear to the individuals on the ground that this was an Al Qaeda-led event,” said Michigan Republican Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in an interview on Fox News in November. But according to the Times report, there is no evidence to support this assertion.
  • Anger at the “Innocence of Muslims” video motivated the initial assault and fueled the anger that powered the attack. After the film appeared online dubbed into Arabic in September 2012, media in Cairo played a major role in stoking the rage that led to an assault on the American embassy in Benghazi. Witnesses on the ground at the attack recount numerous ways in which leaders of the assault used the video to stoke the rage of militiamen.
  • The spontaneous response to the video stoked another attack that was already in the works, planned by smaller militia not affiliated with Al Qaeda. Evidence suggests that hardline elements within the complex web of Islamist militias operating in Benghazi, including an uneducated loner and contrarian named Ahmed Abu Khattala, had been planning an attack, though it’s unclear when they had intended to strike. The U.S. government has sought to have Khattala apprehended in order to press charges, but authorities and powerful Islamist elements in Libya have closed ranks around the hardliner.
  • American officials were overly reliant on moderate Islamist elements for protection. As the assault turned full fledged, officials called on the leaders of militias that had been publicly friendly to the U.S. to come to their aid. But when the time came, almost none turned up to rescue Americans trapped inside the compound. “Whatever happened, they were other Libyans,” said one Islamist leader who eventually did enter the compound after resisting at first.
  • Inside the compound, attackers looted and plundered wildly. Witnesses describe men taking out suits on hangers, televisions and found food. One man reportedly poured what appeared to be Hershey’s chocolate syrup into his mouth.

[The New York Times]

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10 things you need to know today: December 23, 2013

Non-critical United Nations staff are relocated out of South Sudan on Dec. 22 | (REUTERS/UNMISS/Handout via Reuters)

The Week

The ObamaCare enrollment deadline arrives, Americans get out of South Sudan, and more

1. Deadline hits for early 2014 ObamaCare coverage
A key deadline for ObamaCare enrollment has arrived. Monday is the last day most Americans can sign up for insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges to have their coverage take effect on Jan. 1, as the law requires. Call centers have been beefed up to help consumers confused by the ObamaCare website’s botched launch and a flurry of late policy fixes. President Obama on Sunday urged those without coverage to sign up online. [PoliticoFox News]
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2. U.S. citizens evacuated from rebel turf in South Sudan
Fifteen Americans were evacuated from a United Nations compound in the rebel-held town of Bor in South Sudan on Sunday. The evacuation came a day after U.S. Special Operations forces tried to get the Americans out but had to turn back when their three Osprey aircraft came under small-arms fire that injured four American service members. President Obama said he would take further military action if necessary to protect Americans. [New York TimesAssociated Press]
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3. Apple’s China distribution deal lifts its stock
Apple stock jumped by 3.7 percent in pre-market trading on Monday after the company confirmed a distribution deal with China Mobile that will give the iPhone maker access to a market dominated by rival Samsung. The Chinese mobile carrier will be launching iPhone sales next month. Some analysts say iPhones are priced to high for Apple to expect big sales, but news of the deal gave U.S. stock index futures a boost early Monday. [CNBCReuters]
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4. Extreme weather turns deadly
Severe weather, including tornadoes, killed at least seven people as volatile conditions spread up the East Coast on Sunday. While many areas were hit with icy storms, Philadelphia and New York got record high temperatures. The temperature in New York’s Central Park hit 71 degrees, breaking a 1998 record of 63 degrees, and the wild weather in the area is expected to continue as temperatures plunge to near freezing by Monday night. [ReutersCNN]
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5. Appeals court declines to halt Utah gay weddings
A federal appeals court on Sunday rejected Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s request for an emergency stay to prevent officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a lower-court judge ruled Utah’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional. The state will ask the original judge to stay his own ruling on Monday as it pushes its appeal, arguing that gay couples rushing to get wed will be harmed if their marriages are later invalidated. [ReutersSalt Lake Tribune]
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6. Bangladeshi factory owners face charges for deadly fire
Police in Bangladesh on Sunday charged the owners of a garment factory with culpable homicide in connection with a fire that killed 112 workers last year. A series of recent tragedies — including the collapse of a factory complex in April in which more than 1,100 workers died — has spotlighted unsafe conditions in the world’s second-largest garment industry, but this is the first time factory owners have been prosecuted for negligence. [Associated Press]
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7. Al Qaeda says it is sorry for Yemen attack
Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch on Sunday issued a rare apology for an attack on a hospital attached to the Defense Ministry that killed 52 people in December. Qassim al-Rimi, commander of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninula, said in a video posted online that one of his fighters disobeyed an order not to enter the hospital. “Now we acknowledge our mistake and guilt,” al-Rimi said, promising “blood money for the victims’ families.” [Associated Press]
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8. Freed Pussy Riot members call their release a PR ploy
Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot were released from Russian prisons on Monday and promptly denounced their amnesty as a publicity stunt by President Vladimir Putin. The women were sentenced to two years for “hooliganism” after performing an anti-Putin song in a Russian Orthodox cathedral. They were due to be freed within three months, and said Putin let them out early to improve Russia’s image ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. [Voice of America]
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9. Rodman leaves North Korea
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman left North Korea on Monday without saying whether he had seen leader Kim Jong Un. The two established an unlikely friendship during Rodman’s two earlierbasketball diplomacy visits to the secretive communist state. The visit came a week after the execution of Kim’s once-powerful uncle sparked speculation about the future of his regime. [Associated Press]
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10. Manning breaks NFL record for touchdown passes
Peyton Manning threw his 51st touchdown pass of the season on Sunday, breaking Tom Brady’s NFL record. Manning threw four touchdowns — three of them in the fourth quarter — to lead his Denver Broncos to a 37-13 victory over the Houston Texans. Brady, meanwhile, won a record 11th division title as a starting quarterback when his team, the New England Patriots, beat the Ravens to win the AFC East crown. [Sports NetworkSBNation]

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Dick Cheney says Iraq War was worth it because now we know they didn’t have WMDs

Worst administration in history.

In my opinion, this is one of the most idiotic and insensitive things that has spoken by Dick “Darth Vader” Cheney…

Daily Kos

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is on a Famous Person Book Tour. A Famous Person Book Tour, for any youngsters out there unfamiliar with the practice, is an American phenomenon in which a famous person writes a book, and/or causes a book to be written in their name, and because they are famous American law dictates that all American media programs are required to have them on to discuss various things that may or may not have anything to do with the book they may or may not have written. You may think that this law is a bit stupid, but it is entrenched; no newsperson or talk show host wants to be the first person to go to jail for failing to give a Famous Person their free network interview.

So Dick Cheney may or may not have written a book that may or may not be a tutorial as to how to lure young homeless people into your house so that you may harvest their organs for later use. This means we get to hear him defend his life’s work, aka the Iraq War, and you will not be surprised to know that he considers it a fine success because we were able to find out that there weren’t any weapons of mass destruction there.

What we gain and my concern was then and it remains today is that the biggest threat we face is the possibility of terrorist groups like al Qaeda equipped with weapons of mass destruction, with nukes, bugs or gas. That was the threat after 9/11 and when we took down Saddam Hussein we eliminated Iraq as a potential source of that.

Whether Iraq actually had any weapons of mass destruction, you see, is beside the point. The point is that by invading them, unleashing a chaotic series of events that killed perhaps a half a million people or so, we were able to set our minds at ease as to how they did not have any. Scratch one country off the list; all that is required now is to bomb and invade every other nation in the world so as to satisfy ourselves that there are not any illicit weapons there either. You may recognize this as another rephrasing of the Cheney Doctrine, which says that if there is even a one percent chance that another country might do something bad to us, we are allowed to bomb and invade them before they get the chance. If bombing and invading them did not result in them liking us sufficiently, of course, we may have to bomb and invade them again; there is no common rule of thumb as to how many times you need to bomb and invade someone before they like you.

Dick Cheney was and is considered an American foreign policy expert. He was one of the people most intimately involved with deciding who should and should not be killed because reasons. All of the others are still around as well, flitting about on their occasional legally mandated Famous Person Book Tours. There is at least a 99 percent chance that they are all secretly idiots or worse, but the law is the law.

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10 things you need to know today: October 19, 2013

Jeh Johnson (center), President Obama’s Homeland Security nominee, on Oct. 18. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Week

President Obama nominates a new Homeland Security chief, a court rules for gay marriage in New Jersey, and more

1. President Obama nominates new Homeland Security chief
The White House officially nominated Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon’s former top lawyer, to replace Janet Napolitano as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. The president said Johnson was instrumental in dismantling al Qaeda’s core operations overseas and repealing the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. His nomination requires confirmation from the Senate. [Associated Press]
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2. Gay marriages to begin Monday in New Jersey
The New Jersey Supreme Court upheld a decision by a lower court to allow gay marriage in New Jersey, despite objections from Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who favors civil unions. The court’s decision makes New Jersey the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage, which will be legal starting on Monday. [NBC News]
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3. Former House Speaker Tom Foley dies at 84
Former House Speaker Tom Foley, a Democrat who served 30 years in Congress, died on Friday in his home in Washington, D.C., his wife announced on Friday. He was 84. Foley spent 1989 to 1995 as speaker of the House, and later became the U.S. ambassador to Japan until 2001. [CNN]
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4. Norwegian man investigated for connection to Kenya mall shooting
Norway’s intelligence agency is investigating a 23-year-old Norwegian citizen’s connection to the hostage situation at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The al Qaeda-affiliated group al Shabab claimed responsibility for the September attack, which resulted in 67 deaths. The man reportedly left Norway for his birthplace of Somalia, where al Shabab is based, in 2009. [BBC]
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5. First major Taliban attack in months rocks Kabul
Taliban gunmen attacked a convoy of foreign vehicles in Kabul on Friday, killing two Afghan civilians and injuring four more. The attack, which occurred near the Green Village, home to many foreign military and civilian contractors, was the first significant attack in the Afghan capital since July. [Reuters]
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6. Inmates escape Florida prison with forged documents
Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, both 34, were let out of a Florida prison after it received forged documents calling for their immediate release. The papers featured the fake signature of Chief Justice Belvin Perry, best known for presiding over the Casey Anthony trial in 2011. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has called for a statewide manhunt to find them. [CBS News]
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7. Morgan Stanley beats expectations with $1 billion quarter
Morgan Stanley was the big winner on Wall Street on Friday after it reported $1 billion in third-quarter profits, beating analyst estimates, as well as $7.9 billion in revenue, a significant increase from $5.3 billion a year ago. The company attributed the healthy quarter to keeping compensation costs down and a recovering commercial real estate market. [USA Today]
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8. Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.) dies at 82
Rep. Bill Young, one of the longest serving members of the House, died Friday at age 82. Young had already decided not to seek another term in Florida’s 13th congressional district. The congressman, who assumed office in 1971, was the longest-serving Republican in the House, and tied with Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) as the third longest-serving member overall. [NBC]

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9. National Zoo reopens after government shutdown ends
Visitors were finally allowed back into the National Zoo, which is funded by the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington, D.C, on Friday. The zoo was closed for 17 days because of the government shutdown. The National Zoo also switched its Panda Cam back on, which follows its unnamed 8-week-old giant panda cub. [Washington Post]
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10. CBS orders full seasons for three new comedies
The Crazy Ones, starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, has been picked up for a full season by CBS, along with two of the network’s other new comedies, Mom and The Millers. As for other networks, ABC picked up Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., while Fox did the same with supernatural thriller Sleepy Hollow. [E! Online]

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Of Course Michele Bachmann Believes the End Times Are Here

Has Michele Bachmann been right on anything she predicts?  I think not…

Atlantic Wire

Over the weekend, Rep. Michele Bachmann seemed to confirm what the congresswoman has long hinted: that she believes we are all currently living in the end of days, as fortold by the End Times scripture in the Bible. Speaking to “Understanding the Times” host Jan Markell, Bachmann connected the U.S.’s support of Syrian rebels directly to biblical prophecy that she believes outlines the signs of the end. On the show, Bachmann first falsely claims that the U.S. is funding and arming Islamic extremists in Syria, then says that based on that claim, “we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history.”

Bachmann is a frequent guest on Markell’s program, which is more or less devoted to discerning the signs of where we are in the End Times — her ministry functions off of the basic question of “when” and not “if” when it comes to the end of days. The content of this particular interview was first noticed by Right Wing Watch, who provide an excerpt and transcript of her End Times praise:

“[the U.S.'s funding of al Qaeda in Syria] happened and as of today the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists, now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history. Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand. When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah.”

Bachmann’s relationship to “Understanding the Times” and its parent organization the Olive Tree Ministries hasn’t gone unnoticed. Back in 2011,Mother Jones did a long, quite good, story on Bachmann’s mixture of prophecy and politics. Her take on the extent of the U.S.’s backing of Israel is based in it, for instance: in 2010, Bachmann cited Genesis 12:3 while explaining her political stance on the subject: “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” That’s a quote from God to Abraham, from whom in the Bible all Israelites are descended. And while she’s made a bunch of appearances over the years on Markell’s show, Bachmann herself has played a bit coy with that association, as Mother Jones found:

When Minneapolis’ City Pages first reported on Bachmann’s relationship with Markell in 2005, the then-state senator denied any knowledge of Olive Tree Ministries. However, Markell tells Mother Jones that she’s known Bachmann off and on for 35 years, and says she spoke about Israel at Bachmann’s church in the late 1970s. “My hunch is that they misquoted her,” Markell says. “She’s been at my conference. Why she would have said [otherwise], I don’t know.”

As evidenced by the logo of Olive Tree Ministries, the politics of Israel plays a huge role in many American flavors of End Times prophecy. The more literary set will know this from a Lawrence Wright piece in the New Yorker (later turned into a “This American Life” segment) on Clyde Lott, who tried to breed a blemish-free red heifer, which, according to prophecy, has to be sacrificed in a purity ritual before the Temple of Solomon can be rebuilt.

Talking about the End Times might not be a popular pursuit for members of Congress seeking re-election (which, remember, Bachmann is not), but it isn’t that rare among conservative American Christians. In the past month, two Christian groups have attempted to quantify that belief: a recent survey by the Evangelical polling group Barna  found that over 40 percent of Americans believe we’re in the End Times — a number that matches up with another recent survey asking a similar question from the Public Religion Research Institute, which has a different worldview from Barna. PRRI’s poll adds that 65 percent of White Evangelical Christians believe that the recent severity of natural disasters is a sign of the end. And LifeWay, associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, found that one in three Americans believe that the Syrian conflict is related to End Times prophecy. The LifeWay researchers believe the apocalyptic interest in Syria has a lot to do with its proximity to Israel.

 

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Al Qaeda official seized in Libya raid was ‘most wanted’ for US Embassy bombings

NBC News

The man whisked off the streets of Tripoli, Libya, Saturday was among the top remaining leaders of al Qaeda, an elusive confidante of – and computer expert for – Osama bin Laden, as well as an alleged conspirator in the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings.

Anas al Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed Nabih al-Ruqai’I, has over the years been reported as killed, captured or living in Iran. The U.S. has known he’s been back in his native Libya for more than two years, the latest stop on a journey that has taken him from Tripoli to Sudan, where he met bin Laden, to England, Kenya, Afghanistan and Iran before returning to Libya in the dying days of the regime of former leader Moammar Gadhafi — where he lost his son in the civil war that led to Gadhafi’s ouster and death.

On Saturday, the Pentagon confirmed al Libi had been captured.

“As the result of a U.S. counterterrorism operation, Abu Anas al Libi is currently lawfully detained by the U.S. military in a secure location outside of Libya,” said Pentagon spokesman George Little.

In the days after 9/11, al Libi was among the first names placed in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted Terrorists list with a reward of $25 million – the same amount attached to bin Laden and other senior officers of al Qaeda. It was later reduced to $5 million, but the United States’ desire to bring him to justice never waned.

“He’s one of the last guys from the East Africa embassy bombings who was still out there,” said a senior U.S. intelligence official Saturday night.

“We still wanted him,” added a second official, indicating that the Aug. 7, 1998, attacks on U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, remained a high priority in the U.S. government.

“Symbolically, the embassy bombings are for the U.S. what Munich was for the Israelis. It’s about closure,” said Karen Greenberg, director for the Center on National Security at Fordham University Law School.

Of the 21 people indicted in the embassy bombings case by the U.S. Justice Department, eight have been killed, including bin Laden, one died awaiting trial, and another eight are in jail, either convicted or awaiting trial. Al Libi was one of four fugitives until Saturday.

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30 Tips to being a better racist on Twitter

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Hilarious satire for Twitter “racists”.

Norm Schriever

Racists, it’s your lucky day.  Not just because Nina Davuluri, a woman whose family is of Indian descent, won the Miss America pageant yesterday, leaving your razor-sharp mind to compose xenophobic tweets with wild impunity.  (Sorry, let me link the big words to Dictionary.com so you can look them up: Impunity.  Xenophobic.  Ok, we’re back on track.)  It’s not your lucky day just because of THAT, but because I’ve decided to help you become a better bigot via Twitter.

Frankly, your Twitter racism game is weak, judging by some of the examples I’ve seen.  You can do better, and you’re sloppy, ill-conceived tweets are letting down your pure-blooded brethren, leaving white hoods shaking in disappointment all over social media this morning.

So I promise that by following these constructive tips you’ll be a much better racist on Twitter, making your whole homogenous family proud (including your cousin who is also your sister.)

Here are 30 tips to being a better racist on Twitter:

1.    Tweeting “Go back to (insert country name here)” doesn’t really work when your family came over to this country in recent history, too.  Unless you’re Native American, maybe leave that one alone.

2.    Don’t use cute emoticons when posting racist tweets – it just sends mixed messages, like smiley faces and napalm.

3.    Try to be original when using stereotypes in your tweets.  For instance, India = 7-11, or India = dot head is a little played out.  Maybe try a Slum Dog Millionaire reference?  Or that comedian from Parks and Recreation is pretty funny?

4.    Twitter only allows 140 characters, so just type “#White” instead of “#Merican,” because that’s what you really mean.  Saving those 2 characters will help you get RT’s.

5.    Tweeting that it’s dishonorable to anoint an Indian-American Miss America so close to 9-11 is absolutely correct, but only because if we waited a month the pageant could be held on Columbus Day – a REAL ‘Merican hero!

6.    America is a continent, not a country – in fact it has two continents!  Did you know there is a North America and a South America!?  That’s right, so what you really mean is “The United States.”  But to stick with the ‘Merica theme, we can start calling it: ’Nited States.

7.    A quick history lesson.  It went like this: the land we now know as the ‘Nited States was first home to Native Americans, Vikings, Eskimos, English, French, Spanish, Mexicans, and Pacific Islanders in recent history, and then we came and started squatting.  But let’s ignore all of that and just pretend we sprouted directly from this soil.

8.    If you’re called out for posting racist tweets, don’t ever apologize.  Ever.  And if you do, make sure you’re not sincere and certainly don’t learn anything from it.

9.    We’re having some geographic confusion, so please refer to a world map.  Note that India is not in Egypt, over 2,000 miles from Iraq, and has nothing at all to do with Indiana.

10. Indians are not terrorists.  In fact, they are always on “our” side.  You probably got them confused with those OTHER brown people, who make up about 90% of the world.

11. Al Qaeda is not a country.  And there is no “u” after the “q.”  I know, I know…they’re backwards.

12. White people, please stop laying out in the sun and going to tanning booths.  It’s confusing the hell out of me.

13. I completely agree that Indian dancing has no place in our modern ‘Nited States.  We need more authentic Caucasian dances to class it up a bit, like Miley Cyrus twerking.

14. “They” are not taking our jobs.  You have a crappy job because you didn’t pay attention in school and you’re lazy.  So if you want a better job, go out and earn it the old fashion way: by murdering and exploiting less powerful brown people for material gain.

15. Did you know there are #White people in other countries around the world, like Russia, Canada, and even South Africa?  That will make it extremely confusing when a white Russian American, for example, wins the Miss America pageant, rendering all of our “anti-‘Merican” slander useless.  But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

16. When you call Asian people “PF Changs,” please keep in mind that it’s all white people eating there.  Those lettuce wraps are delicious!

17. The majority religion in India is Hinduism, not Muslim, but either way we don’t want “them” in our country, so let’s all pray for an end to religious freedom.

18. These damn incompetent, un American, immigrant, ethnic politicians are going to be the end of this country!  So please continue the outrage not to reelect Arnold Schwarzenegger.

19. The ‘Nited States does not have an official language, but don’t let that stop you from tweeting that everyone who lives here needs to speak English.

20. A tweet like “A brown-skinned Miss America?!!!  What’s next – people marrying three goats?!” might be a little bit of a leap.  Try to throw a gay marriage reference in there as a stepping stone, so we can better follow your logic.

21. Racists – you’re spending so much time tweeting about the damn Indian Arab terrorists, that you’ve completely forgotten about razzing the Jews, blacks, ‘MoSexuals, handicapped people, Japs, Democrats, draft dodgers, environmentalists, and people who drive hybrid cards.  Spread the hate a little – there’s plenty to go around.

22. Try not to tweet about homosexuals ruining our country and then go home and watch lesbian porn.  It still counts, even though it’s women.

23. When someone accuses you of being a bigot, saying “But some of my best friends are brown-skinned Miss America contestants,” doesn’t really work.

24. Black people and women – it’s especially awesome when you send racist tweets since you’re not that far from being on the receiving end of horrible discrimination, yourselves!  Well done!

25. Please use proper English when composing hateful tweets.  For instance, “Dese people don’t even speaks English #WTF #FML #OMG #GoBackToYourMommasCuntry,” needs to go through the spell check at least once.

26. To add a little zest to your ignorant tweets, sprinkle in these words in any combination:  Osama, Obama, Yo Momma, Al Quadea, Al Jazeera, Al Sharpton, Baghdad, Bag Head, Benghazi, Saddam, Saudi Arabia, and Susan Sarandon.

27. Whenever possible, add “We’re number 1!” to your tweets.  Number 1 at what, you ask?  Don’t worry about it – just put it in there.

28. Remember that we’re the greatest country in the world because we’re a melting pot of inclusion, so let’s keep as many people out as possible before they ruin that.

29. I agree that the term “racist” is totally overused, flung around with such reckless disregard that it’s been rendered meaningless.  The term ‘asshole’ works much better.

30. Maybe you shouldn’t tweet about your patri-racism at all, considering Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is the majority shareholder in Twitter.  Oops.  We didn’t see that one coming.

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Glenn Beck: ‘I Personally Am Calling for the Impeachment of the President of the United States’

Apparently, Glenn Beck is looking for attention again.

Mediaite

For the very first time, Glenn Beck called for President Obama to be impeached. Why? Because Beck believes that aiding al-Qaeda affiliated rebels in Syria by targeting the government is “the height of insanity” and illegality, and anyone seriously proposing that has to go.

Beck made it clear exactly who he wants gone and why.

“I personally am calling to impeach the President of the United States. This is impeachable. He is arming known terrorists, and people like John McCain should be impeached as well.”

He asked if arming a sworn enemy of the United States isn’t an impeachable offense, what he hell is? He made it clear this isn’t about politics, saying he wants people like McCain and Lindsay Graham to go too for lining up behind Obama on this.

Beck sighed, “We did not get into bed with Hitler to defeat Japan.”

Watch the video below, via BlazeTV:

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GOP Official Stands By 9/11 Tweet Accusing Obama of al-Qaeda Alliance

We’re still calling out the crazies…

Mediaite

Some chose to honor the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks with a moment of silence, others through solemn speeches.

Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, on the other hand, had this to tweet:

As one can imagine, criticism was swift, both from the Twitterverse and from Ramsey’s political opponents:

Even fictional characters called him out on it:

Ramsey did not back down, however, reaffirming his comment in a statement to the press on Thursday:

“Every September 11 since that tragic Tuesday in 2001 has been a day of remembrance. We remember those who died, those who served and those who carry on. But we must also remember those who attacked us and why. The Syrian rebel’s connections to Al-Qaeda are well-established and well-known. I am proud to stand with leaders like Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Rand Paul against coming to the aid of our enemies, enemies who continue to hate our country from afar as they kill Christians in their own country.”

By the by, if you must tweet about 9/11, here’s how you do it.

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